Linking Vocational and Entrepreneurial Education

Globalization and free-market competition today present major challenges to societies seeking to foster sustainable human development and economic growth. These challenges are particularly intense when the objectives sought are employment creation, socio-economic empowerment of women and of youth, rural development and enhancement of the informal sector.

Two factors are of vital importance in building an effective response to these challenges: one is the continuous upgrading of skills and abilities which is generally termed “vocational education”. The second is the fostering of economic, administrative and managerial know-how – without which even the most comprehensive range of vocational skills will not be able to survive the rigors of the globalized, competitive market place.

Despite the fact that both “vocational” and “managerial” skills are requisite, and despite the fact that training in each of these is available in many countries, there is generally an absence of educational and training frameworks which provide both, in coordinated and complimentary forms.

Nowhere is the absence of such programs more clearly felt than in the area of small and medium enterprises (SMEs), of women’s and young people’s initiatives and of multi-faceted rural development.

NISPED / INCEP-SME has joined with the Technological College of the Negev and other top Israeli experts to develop such a coordinated system. We believe that this linkage between vocational and technological training on one hand, and managerial and entrepreneurial training on the other, will create a new educational quality – one that will become a significant element in progress towards sustainable human development.

The course will present this unique integrated approach as a model to be adapted to various sectors in developing countries.

Requirements for Admission
The course is designed for: decision makers, senior staff of central, regional and local governments involved in vocational training and in promotion of SME; senior staff in regional and national vocational education systems; supervisors and directors of vocational training schools; entrepreneurial and SME support and promotion agencies; vocational training programmers and trainers; as well as for leaders of SMEs associations, business trainers and business consultants.
Applicants should have good communication skills in English.

Applications
Application forms may be obtained from Israeli Diplomatic or Consular Representatives in the candidate’s country. They must be submitted no later than December 5, 2002.

Course Program Requirements

Country Presentation:
Each participant is requested to prepare and present a general presentation of his/her country in three parts:
· Geography, short history, population, economy, etc.,
· Description of existing vocational training systems and of existing SME support and training systems,
· Role of one’s own organization.

Group Projects:
During the course itself, each participant will be expected to actively participate in small groups, each of which will prepare a final project, summing up accumulated past experience and the studies during the course. The projects will be presented in both written and oral forms.

Duration and Language
The course will take place between January 13 and February 6, 2003 for a total of 25 days. The course is scheduled to officially open on the afternoon of January 13.
Participants are requested to arrive January 12th or the morning of January 13th. (Accommodation prior to these dates is problematic).
The language of instruction will be English.

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Course Site
The course will be held in the in the facilities of NISPED, which are located in the Paradise Negev Hotel in Beer Sheva, the capital of southern Israel. Accommodations are two students to a room. Each room is equipped with air conditioning and its own shower and bathroom. There is a health club available to NISPED’s guests.

Scholarships
Twenty eight participants will be admitted. A limited number of full and partial scholarships are available from the government of Israel, through MASHAV. Scholarships cover room and board, full tuition fees study visits and educational field trips. Application forms for admission and scholarship may be obtained from Israeli diplomatic or consular representatives in the candidate’s country.

Health Services
Medical insurance covers medical services and hospitalization in case of emergency. It does not cover the treatment of chronic diseases, dental care other than first aid, or repair of eyeglasses. Candidates using specific medications on a regular basis must bring sufficient quantities for the duration of their stay.

Clothing
Most days casual clothing is appropriate. Temperatures range from 7 to 22 degrees Celsius during this time of year. For the closing ceremony and official visits, participants may want to bring something a little more formal. For those coming from countries that have national costumes, it is recommended to bring it as well as a bathing suit, sun hat, comfortable walking shoes for excursions.

Passport and Visa
Passports must be valid for the duration of the course and include an entry visa to Israel that can be obtained from the Israeli diplomatic or consular offices in one’s country. Participants from countries that have no Israeli representative will receive the visa on arrival at Ben-Gurion (Tel Aviv) Airport. Two additional passport-size photographs for various documents are required. The dates and flight numbers for the return trip to and from Israel must be confirmed before arrival.

About The Technological College of Beer Sheva
The Technological College of Beer Sheva was established in 1961 under the auspices of the Technion – The Israel Institute of Technology, to serve the needs of the growing population of the Negev and the south of Israel. The College is a unique model for integrative technological training, uniting within its walls a wide range of technological training at various levels and serving as a technological learning center for the entire area.

Practical Engineering
The main function of the College is to train practical engineers. More than 1,700 students attend 12 courses of study offered in various technological fields.

Vocational Training
The Vocational Training Center, established in Beer Sheva in 1954, was integrated with the College in 1974, a move which fostered its development. More than 1,500 students are trained every year to qualify for a diploma in different technical fields.

High School
In partnership with the Beer Sheva municipality the College opened a comprehensive high school in 1991. The high school emphasizes scientific and technological studies. This year 800 pupils are studying in 4 grades in the high school.

Bachelor of Technology (B. Tech.) Studies
The Israeli Council for Higher Education has approved the initiation of academic studies at the college in 5 departments: Chemical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Industrial Management Engineering and Software Engineering.

1,800 students are studying towards degrees in the above program. New Immigrants
The college is involved in several kinds of activities with new immigrants: preparatory courses for youngsters, a Career Orientation Center, updating and retraining courses, hotel studies, etc. Some 3000 students have been trained yearly since 1990.